Engineered almost solely for bottom-line pricing and good fuel economy, the Suzuki Swift + is a more common machine than you might think. Though it wears the badge of Japan’s smallest auto manufacturer, the Swift + was re-badged for sale to Canadians as both the Chevrolet Aveo and Pontiac Wave. Beyond that, the actual platform for all three vehicles was from a Korean-made Daewoo model called the Kalos.
The last generation of the Swift + / Aveo / Wave was available to Canadians from 2004 to 2008 in both five-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles.
Look for goodies like body-coloured accents, heated mirrors, fog lamps, air conditioning, remote entry and a six-speaker stereo on the standard or optional equipment lists, depending on the model you’re considering.
What Owners Like
Not surprisingly, affordability, fuel economy, features-per-dollar and practicality were all major reasons that shoppers decided on a Swift + at the time of purchase. Many owners also like the styling, maneuverability and visibility offered by their their machines, too.
What Owners Hate
Common complaints of the Swift + include limited rear-seat room, limited storage space and a choppy ride on some surfaces. Some owners wish for more power and a quieter ride, too.
Been driving a manual transmission for years? Considering a Swift + with a stick shift? Be double sure the clutch engages and returns as expected. Check for any clutch slippage or grinding during gear changes, which could indicate a problem with the clutch or the hydraulic system.